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Tips for Helping Your Senior Avoid Blood Clots While in the Hospital

Elder Care in Bal Harbor FL

Any time that your elderly parent needs to be in the hospital can be an unnerving and uncomfortable time for them and for you as their family caregiver, but it can also be dangerous. There are Elder-Care-in-Bal-Harbor-FLmany risks that elderly adults face when they enter the hospital, and it is important that you are not only aware of these risks, but also what you can do to reduce these risks and protect your parent.

One such risk is deep vein thrombosis. More than 100,00 people die from deep vein thrombosis while in a hospital setting each year. This condition is when a blood clot forms in one of the deep veins of the body, most often in the leg, which can become extremely dangerous if it starts to move. Long stretches of not moving, such as when restricted to a hospital bed due to injury, illness, or procedure, put your parent at high risk of developing such a blood clot.


Use these tips to help your senior avoid blood clots while in the hospital:

  • Understand their personal risk factors, such as being overweight, smoking, or having a family history of clotting disorders or a personal history of blood clot
  • Discuss these risk factors and your concerns with their medical team so that they are aware of them and can modify their care as necessary
  • Ask the medical team about assistive devices that will help keep your parent’s circulation functioning properly, such as boots that inflate and deflate regularly if they are not able to move regularly
  • Encourage your parent to get up and move whenever the doctor will allow. If they are not able to get out of the bed, encourage them to do movements such as lifting and bending their legs regularly


If your elderly loved one has recently suffered deep vein thrombosis or is at increased risk of such a medical condition due to their other health complications and issues, now may be the ideal time for you to consider starting elder care for them. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging loved one on a fully customizable schedule that is right not just for your parent’s individual needs, challenges, and limitations, but also the type of care that you give them and the instructions that their doctor has provided. This means that your loved one will get the support, care, and assistance that they need to handle these risks, heal and recover effectively, and work toward prevention of another serious incident in the future. If your parent has entered the hospital or another type of long-term treatment for an illness, injury, or medical procedure, this care provider can provide additional support to help them to avoid the development of a blood clot. After your senior is released from the hospital, this care provider can continue to work with you to create a course of management and treatment that helps your parent remain compliant with their medications and lifestyle guidelines, and supports your loved one in living a healthy, comfortable, and fulfilling life as they age in place.


If you or an aging loved one are considering elder care in Bal Harbor, FL, please contact the caring staff at Alternative Home Health Care today. Call (954) 622-0588.




Zachary Desmond, Executive Administrator

Executive Administrator at Alternative Home Health Care
Zach Desmond began working with Alternative Home Health Care in September of 2013. In his role as Executive Administrator (EA), Zach is responsible for the overall direction of the organization and high level strategy that aligns with the company’s overall mission, vision, and values.

Zach brings to Alternative 10 years of healthcare operations, sales, finance, and “turn around” experience, having led multiple home health care locations across five states to profitability and sustainability. His history of improving customer service, work flow design, and operational efficiencies along with bottom line profitability has earned him awards and recognition a top performer. Zach realized early on in his career that he felt a true connection to caring for those who need help and ensuring they received the highest quality of care available.

Zach received his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Zach resides in Fort Lauderdale with his wife, three dogs, one cat and stays very involved in his local community.

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